Like our own West Point, the main Army training college of Pakistan is located in a lush green rural suburb of a major metropolitan area. The images flooding the news tonight show one neighborhood in one district and there is much more to the people of Abbottabad. The food offerings are internationally diverse and provide for everything from pizza delivery to fine French dining.
Tonight we take another look at the cuisine of Pakistan (28 March Dinner News – Pakistan & India) with an eye toward the cultural imports rather than just neighboring similarities.
Islamabad and it’s suburbs are very commercialized areas. Driving through the restaurant district you would be greeted by Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway, and a variety of local Chinese and Italian locations. The native cuisine has the influence of vibrant fruits and spices with the dominance of chicken a whole wheat in this region.
Chicken Karahi – Fresh ginger and green chilies create a unique taste from other chicken dishes with garam masala.
Murgh Mussallam – Yogurt marinade is topped off with a rub of fried spices before a whole chicken is baked in the oven inside of a foil packet.